Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief organization, announced today that the Nationwide Insurance Foundation will donate $1.43 million to continue its support of solving hunger in America. As a part of this gift, the Nationwide Insurance Foundation will provide 21 grants to nearly two dozen Feeding America member food banks across the country.
Nationwide Insurance and the Nationwide Insurance Foundation have supported Feeding America since 2009. The partnership has furthered anti-hunger efforts across the country and in communities where Nationwide does business.
"Nationwide's commitment to those facing food insecurity continues to shine as we move into the sixth year working as partners," said Bob Aiken, president and CEO of Feeding America."Without support from foundations like the Nationwide Insurance Foundation, continuing to help the nearly 49 million Americans struggling with hunger would not be possible."
Nationwide's support of ending hunger in America is prevalent in each of their branches as agents and associates are encouraged to regularly volunteer at and donate to their local Feeding America food banks. The company and its foundation have been long-standing supporters of Feeding America member Mid-Ohio Foodbank, which provides food throughout central and eastern Ohio where Nationwide is headquartered, since the 1980s.
"At Nationwide, our mission is to support the communities where we live and work when it matters most," said Chad Jester, president of the Nationwide Insurance Foundation,"so it's our pleasure to partner with Feeding America, an organization with an outstanding track record of providing one of life's most basic necessities."
Nationwide Insurance Foundation hopes to further its efforts to advance Feeding America's fresh produce initiative, which over the past several years has expanded to provide nutrition education and extended product availability. The foundation plans to designate $525,000 of its 2014 donation toward efforts to source fresh fruits and vegetables for food banks across the country.
Feeding America network members receiving grants from the Nationwide Insurance Foundation include: Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Canton, OH; Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta, GA; Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Verona, VA; Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, Inc., Gainesville, FL; Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Harrisburg, PA; Feedmore, Inc., Richmond, VA; Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Raleigh, NC; Food Bank of Iowa, Des Moines, IA; Food Bank of Lincoln, Inc., Lincoln, NE; Food Bank of the Rockies, Denver, CO; Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Cleveland, OH; Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Grove City, OH; Mid-South Food Bank, Memphis, TN; New Hampshire Food Bank, Manchester, NH; North Texas Food Bank, Dallas, TX; Philabundance, Philadelphia, PA; San Antonio Food Bank, San Antonio, TX; Second Harvest Food Bank for Orange County, Irvine, CA; Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee, Nashville, TN; St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, Scottsdale, AZ; The Maryland Food Bank, Baltimore, MD.
To learn how you can help fight hunger in your community, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/.
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Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
The Nationwide Insurance Foundation is an independent corporation funded by contributions from Nationwide companies. Founded in 1959, the Nationwide Insurance Foundation has committed more than $310 million since 2000 to help nonprofit organizations in communities where Nationwide customers, associates, agents and their families live and work. Just as Nationwide supports its customers in their moment of need, the company's involvement in its home communities is focused on supporting organizations that help people facing critical or immediate need. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com/corporatecitizenship